6 episodes

The Social Purpose Exchange Podcast is a forum for provocative conversations with global thought leaders on a new way of thinking that is sweeping through corporate boardrooms. Social Purpose is the emerging frontier for sustainability, a global shift that is redefining the contract between businesses and their communities around the world; from a single-minded focus on building shareholder value to a new awareness of the imperative to deliver Social Value. Employees, customers and communities are increasingly demanding that corporations make meaningful contributions to improving society. Defining and owning your Social Purpose is the most critical competitive advantage of our time.

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    • Entrepreneurship

The Social Purpose Exchange Podcast is a forum for provocative conversations with global thought leaders on a new way of thinking that is sweeping through corporate boardrooms. Social Purpose is the emerging frontier for sustainability, a global shift that is redefining the contract between businesses and their communities around the world; from a single-minded focus on building shareholder value to a new awareness of the imperative to deliver Social Value. Employees, customers and communities are increasingly demanding that corporations make meaningful contributions to improving society. Defining and owning your Social Purpose is the most critical competitive advantage of our time.

    Barry McKenna: Casting a critical eye on corporate decision-making

    Barry McKenna: Casting a critical eye on corporate decision-making

    From the “greed is good” era, through the dot com bubble and the 2008 financial crisis veteran journalist Barrie McKenna has chronicled the evolution of the corporate world. Now he says business leaders are faced with a new imperative: to demonstrate that they can deliver concrete benefits for society. And they’ll pay a price if they don’t.

    The views and opinions expressed are those of the participants and do not reflect the position of Goodman Sustainability Group, its affiliates or employees

    • 9 min
    Social Purpose: Mohamad Fakih.

    Social Purpose: Mohamad Fakih.

    As a boy growing up in Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War, Mohamad Fakih’s parents used a shoebox to teach him the importance of giving back to society. That lesson stuck with him when he came to Canada, where he built the Paramount Fine Foods chain of Middle Eastern Restaurants and earned acclaim for his charitable endeavours.

    The views and opinions expressed are those of the participants and do not reflect the position of Goodman Sustainability Group, its affiliates or employees.

    • 24 min
    Social Purpose: Kamran Niazi

    Social Purpose: Kamran Niazi

    In a life journey that brought him from Hong Kong, to Pakistan, to the UK and finally to Canada, Kamran Niazi dealt with both the death of a parent and a brush with poverty. Now a successful consultant with Accenture, his work life focuses helping companies sensitively navigate technological change.

    The views and opinions expressed are those of the participants and do not reflect the position of Goodman Sustainability Group, its affiliates or employees.

    • 20 min
    Canada's Youth Demands Corporate Leaders Build Better Communities

    Canada's Youth Demands Corporate Leaders Build Better Communities

    Kevin Page, Canada’s former Parliamentary Budget Officer, continues his work as the founding President and CEO of the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa, where he collaborates with young people who he says are demanding that leaders of business show that they’re committed to helping build better communities.

    The views and opinions expressed are those of the participants and do not reflect the position of Goodman Sustainability Group, its affiliates or employees.

    • 18 min
    Social Purpose and Carbon-based Industries

    Social Purpose and Carbon-based Industries

    With the world turning against carbon-based industries in the age of the climate crisis, fossil fuel producers face a daunting challenge in demonstrating Social Purpose to society. Glen Hodgson, former chief economist for the Conference Board of Canada, says there is a way forward for them.

    The views and opinions expressed are those of the participants and do not reflect the position of Goodman Sustainability Group, its affiliates or employees.

    • 20 min
    What is Social Purpose?

    What is Social Purpose?

    How is it that a giant drug store chain improves the bottom line by dropping a money-making product? When they understand their Social Purpose and do the right thing. In this opening episode, we get the explanation from Martin Reeves, who is the chairman of BCG Henderson Institute, the strategy think tank for the Boston Consulting Group.

    The views and opinions expressed are those of the participants and do not reflect the position of Goodman Sustainability Group, its affiliates or employees.

    • 18 min

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